Sport, Peace and Development

This book is the first of its kind and within its covers are a collection of thirty six cutting-edge chapters by leading practitioners and academics who raise questions and provide answers regarding the broad relationship between sport, peace and development. In their writings they highlight the remarkable, but often unacknowledged, efforts which are being undertaken across the world to support people after natural disaster, wars, extreme poverty, and illness have ravaged their lives. Together, they clarify the meanings of sport and peace-making, sport and reconciliation and sport for development. The introduction of case studies from well-known organisations already working in the sport, peace and development realm is testimony that the book is not just of an academic nature but a text which provides ideas and innovations which can be used by future researchers and aspirants in the field.

The authors agree in concluding that there are aspects of the relationship between sport, peace and development which have largely gone unnoticed and tackle the difficult perspectives of stigma, marginalization, poverty, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, education, monitoring and evaluation, maintenance of quality and the influence and role of the ‘big players’ such as the International Olympic Committee and the united Nations in peace-making and development initiatives. In doing so they provide examples of good practice, strong programmes and make suggestions where the status quo needs to be addressed in order for the field to go forward.

This volume will be of great interest and value to academics working in the fields of sport, peace and development and international relations, as well as to undergraduate and graduate student in these disciplines. More importantly, it will also be a crucial aid and challenge to practitioners in international governmental organisations (such as the UN and its agencies) and NGOs who work in the field of sport, peace and development across the world.

Dope Hunters: The Influence of Scientists on the Global Fight against Doping in Sport, 1967-1992

Based on extensive multi-national and multi-lingual archival research, this book examines the evolution of scientific knowledge within the international anti-doping community that coalesced during the second half of the twentieth century. Two key figures from a group of leading scientific experts serve as the focal points of the investigation, British pharmacologist Arnold Beckett and German biochemist Manfred Donike. After supporting early anti-doping initiatives in the late 1960s and 1970s, they became highly influential in such leading sports organizations as the International Olympic Committee and the International Association of Athletics Federations. From the 1980s onward, the international sport system relied heavily on their network of anti-doping laboratory experts in maintaining and advancing a rigid testing regime. Hence, this book offers a nuanced analysis of the establishment of the structures and initiatives in the global fight against doping in sport.

Taking the Next Step: Social Capital and Athlete Development

Taking the Next Step looks at a particular issue of player development that too often remains under-appreciated: the influence of others. In particular, it casts light on resources that relationships with others bring about and that have the capacity to affect the ability of players to develop into successful, elite athletes. To this end, it brings into the discussion the contested concept of social capital, here defined as “the ability of individuals and groups to gain resources by means of membership in social networks.” However, while research on social capital and sport tends to focus on social capital as an outcome of sport participation, this work considers the “inverse relationship” between the two. This relates, for instance, to how social resources can help or undermine the development of players, a club’s sporting achievements, or the organisational development of a sport officiating body. In other words, it looks at non-technical aspects of athlete development in football—those other “little things” that can make the difference in a player’s career or help bringing the right people together at the right time and facilitate innovation and creativity. The analysis pertains to how resources residing in networks encompassing players, their immediate social environments, and the South Australian system of players’ production (including coaches) can facilitate or hinder the players’ opportunities to take the next step in their career.